DVD Review: Heaven’s Lost Property – Season 1

We explore what property heaven may have lost in our DVD Review of MVM Entertainment’s release of Heaven’s Lost Property; but is it property that is worth finding? or is it best to leave it behind? Let’s take a look and find out.

Synopsis:

Tomoki’s life was normal until a wish-granting angelic android named Ikaros fell from the sky and started calling him master! Of course, thanks to his raging teenage hormones, most of Tomoki’s wishes have something to do with panties. And that makes things pretty complicated, because one simple wish can lead to a rampaging robot made out of frilly undergarments or turn bloomers into bombs capable of blowing up entire neighbourhoods!

If Tomoki doesn’t learn to control his impulses around Ikaros and be more careful with his wishes, the chaos will only get crazier. Luckily, even with such a dirty mind, Tomoki’s heart is in the right place. His hands, however, are a completely different story.

Our View:

Heaven’s Lost Property is a series filled with ecchi-content and plenty of fan-service; but look beyond the mountains of panties and (intentionally censored) body parts and you’ll find a rather serious story about self-discovering and belonging in a world that is anything but normal. Unfortunately however you look at it Heaven’s Lost Property is simply a fan-service themed show.

Adapted from Suu Minazuki’s manga of the same name Heaven’s Lost Property, otherwise known in Japan as Sora no Otoshimono, follows the unlikely story of high-school student Tomoki Sakurai who finds himself becoming the master of an emotionless Angeloid, known as Icarus, after arranging to investigate the black hole in the sky with school friends Eishiro Sugata, Mikako Satsukitane and childhood friend Sohara Mitsuki.

From here it’s a continuous stream of fan-service themed content as Icarus, who is practically an angel, is able to for fill any wish or wanted desire; and with Tomoki being the typical teenage boy we experience countless perversions becoming reality. Room full of panties?, Check!, Going invisible to spy on girls? Got it covered! Turning yourself into a girl? No problem! Have panties fly away because they are not ‘sexy enough’? Simple! Pretty much any desire Tomoki has Icarus is able to for fill; and in most cases it ends up hurting his childhood friend Sohara Mitsuki. Each new episode is ‘pantie-fueled-fun’ but things take a rather interesting turn when another angeloid known as Nymph arrives, rather abruptly, on scene.

Nymph is another angeloid from the Black Hole that Eishiro Sugata has been investigating; however unlike Icarus this new angeloid has full control over her emotions and is able to act rationally. At first it is business as usual with the group welcoming Nymph with open arms and Tamoki trying different perverted tactics; but soon enough Nymph’s true intentions are made clear. In this case Nymph has been ordered by her master to retrieve Icarus; as Icarus is not actually a ‘pet class’ angeloid but a ‘destroyer class’ who once destroyed civilisations and countless people – and in some instances is considered a valuable asset to the angeloid world.

This new revelation remains a secret to everyone within the group but as a result Nymph and Icarus continue to bicker and battle amongst themselves. This all changes when the master of Nymph summons her back to the Black Hole and gives her an ultimatum – and as such Nymph starts to act differently in a bid to lure Icarus to her master – of which begins the final conflict of this series between angeloids and humans alike. As I mentioned at the start of this review Heaven’s Lost Property is filled with ecchi-content and over-the-top fan-service but underneath all of that we have a serious story and a feud between angeloids. Unfortunately this story doesn’t show itself until late on in the series and as a result will cause some people to drop the show (initially I did when I first had the American Blu-Ray release several years ago); but upon reflection I wish I carried on as this show is more than just fan-service.

For starters we have the childhood relationship between Tomoki Sakurai and Sohara Mitsuki which may look like a typical situation of girl getting angry at guy for being a perverted but it’s actually because she has feelings for him and as the series moves forward we see these feelings evolve. The same can also be said for the angeloids as upon arrival they are rather emotionless but by the end of the series Icarus is learning emotions and Nymph is being true to her feelings. These character building sessions, in addition to the mindless fan-service and serious-toned storyline, give Heaven’s Lost Property a rather unique identity for a series that should just be about fan-service.

Unfortunately it’s not all positives as like I have mentioned previouly Heaven’s Lost Property is ‘mostly fan-service’ and these moments far outweigh the delights of the character development and story. It’s 90% fan-service, 10% everything else and by the third episode it does become extremely tedious. That’s not all as the anime style of each episode can also change quite drastically as well; and  I am not referring to the ‘chibi variations’ of characters either.

Some episodes seem to have a different art-style and colouring to others; and its mostly noticeable in the second half when Nymph appears. In some episodes Nymph is highly detailed and her hair is a dark-blue; but in the next episode her character is drawn differently and her hair is a light coloured blue. It’s not uncommon for multiple artists to work on a series; but in this case it is distractingly noticeable – even more so than the ‘chibi varitions’ of characters; especially Tomoki who often appears as a chibi character when being a pervert.

Extras:

The only supplementary content we receive on these bonus discs are the textless opening and closing variations of the series as well as a selection of trailers for Madman Entertainment released products – as the discs have been authored by Madman Entertainment for use in the UK by MVM Entertainment.

Although textless songs might not seem ‘exciting’ but in this case it is; as each ending is not only different but they relate to the events that happened within that particular episode. For instance the episode in which panties fly away has an ending which focuses on panties while the beach episode focuses on Icarus exploring underwater. These endings are not events from the episodes either and act as a bit of a bonus; so it’s nice to see the textless forms included as well.

Specs:

Media:  DVD 9 x2
Region: 2
Running Time: 2:38:54 (Disc 1), 2:44:02 (Disc 2)
Video: MPEG-2
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 448kbps (English), Dolby Digital 2.0 224kbps (Japanese)
Subtitles: English (Yellow)
Resolution: 720 x 576 (576i)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Frame Rate: 25 fps

Overall:

Heaven’s Lost Property is an anime series that follows Tomoki Sakurai who becomes the master of an angeloid known as Icarus after she crash-lands on earth. Following this fateful encounter Tomoki uses the power of this angeloid to make his (perverse) dreams become a reality and as such his childhood friend Sohara Mitsuki receives most of the unwanted attention. Whether it be flying panties, exploding panties, robots made of panties or even being turned into panties – Tomoki does everything he can to see what his perverted heart desires.

This perverse attention flows throughout the series but soon quietens down when another angeloid, known as Nymph, arrives to reveal Icarus true personality and return her back to the black hole from where she originated form. This is the starting point of the true story of Heaven’s Lost Property and it starts to bring the best part of the show out into the open; such as the deception of the angeloids, the feelings of one’s worth and finding out where you truly belong in the world. Naturally it all comes crashing down to one final fight between Angeloids and Humans; but when the battle is done it’s only just the beginning for a new life.

This DVD release of Heaven’s Lost Property meanwhile features a PAL conversion so we lose out on the NTSC benefits and – in some cases – the audio during the opening is noticeable for being a different speed to that on the disc menu. Naturally this won’t be an issue on the Blu-Ray; but at least the picture quality is consistent throughout with no noticeable errors other than the standard PAL disappointments. In terms of audio formats the series is presented in both English and Japanese (with English subtitles) with subtitles being presented in the traditional FUNimation manner.

Fun filled fan-service for some and a serious toned story is what Heaven’s Lost Property has to offer but unfortunately for me the former overshadows the latter to make it a rather tedious experience that ends on a cliff-hanger for the second season.

Score: review-stars-3

Heaven’s Lost Property – Season 1 is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray within the UK via MVM Entertainment.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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